67% Believe Regulators & Businesses Create Rules That Are Harmful to Consumers

Seventy-eight percent (78%) of voters agree with the general notion that federal regulations are needed to ensure that companies treat their customers fairly. However, a ScottRasmussen.com survey finds that 67% of voters believe that big businesses and government regulators often work together to create rules that are harmful and unfair to consumers.

The mixed views are also reflected in data showing that 59% believe that, to protect consumers, federal regulators should be given more power to oversee the practices of large corporations. But, rather than protecting consumers, 75% believe federal regulations often needlessly raise prices for consumers.

Ninety-one percent (91%) of Republicans believe such regulation leads to higher consumer prices. So do 75% of Independent voters and 64% of Democrats (see crosstab results).

These results are consistent with data released earlier showing that 82% believe that the top leaders of federal regulatory agencies often use their position to pursue their own personal agenda and impose their standards on the rest of the nation.

While skeptical of those at the top, 66% believe that most who work for federal regulatory agencies do the best they can to impose the rules and regulations fairly and impartially. Unfortunately, 58% don’t think those who write federal regulations understand the real world impact of those regulations. Additionally, 56% believe there are too many government regulations in America today. Just 20% say there aren’t enough.

Eighty-two percent (82%) believe Congress should review and approve regulations rather than allowing agencies to implement them up on their own.

The latest survey found that 81% believe big businesses and government regulators often work together to create rules that are harmful and unfair to small businesses.

Also, 85% believe that federal regulations are needed to ensure that companies treat their workers fairly. This is consistent with other data showing voters are more worried about the way firms treat their workers than their customers.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted January 15-16, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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